Hanigan lifts Reds past Dodgers

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Updated: September 9, 2013

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Ryan Hanigan doubled home the game-winning
run in the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of
the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 3-2 win on Sunday.

With one out, Zack Cozart singled to left field off Ronald Belisario. Hanigan
then ripped the first pitch he saw down the left field line. Cozart raced
around third and headed for home, sliding across the plate as Hanley Ramirez’s
relay throw bounced past catcher A.J. Ellis.

“He tries to get guys out with that sinker. I was looking for it. It’s one of
those games. Kind of went the way we expected. A lot of quality pitching, low
scoring. But, it was an awesome way to win,” Hanigan said.

Jay Bruce finished with a pair of solo homers for the Reds, who pulled
even with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Wild Card standings. With the
win, Cincinnati also tied the Pirates for second place in the NL Central
standings. The St. Louis Cardinals lead both clubs by 1 1/2 games for the top
spot.

Aroldis Chapman (4-5) earned the win after tossing a perfect ninth inning.
Starter Homer Bailey allowed two runs on six hits while striking out nine over
seven innings.

Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI for the Dodgers, who
have dropped four straight, but hold a commanding 11-game lead over the
Arizona Diamondbacks atop the NL West standings.

“I was happier with our game tonight than I was the first two. I wasn’t that
excited about our focus. Tonight was better for me. Our focus was better,”
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Belisario (5-7) was pegged with the loss after giving up the game-winning
run. Starter Clayton Kershaw gave up both of Bruce’s homers among four over
seven innings. The dominant southpaw walked three and fanned seven in the
setback.

Bruce crushed his first homer of the night, a hanging slider from Kershaw,
over the wall in right field to put the Reds up 1-0 early.

Los Angeles got on the board in the fourth as Ramirez doubled home Adrian
Gonzalez. With two outs, Gonzalez singled to center then scored on Ramirez’s
two-bagger to center.

Bruce, though, led off the home half with his second long ball of the
night, lacing another hanging slider over the right-field wall.

Ramirez hammered a leadoff homer in the seventh to tie the game at 2-2.

Game Notes

Bruce became the third player ever to hit two homers of Kershaw in same game
… The Reds won the season series 4-3 … Cozart has hit safely in 13
straight games … Ramirez has 17 homers in 75 games this season … Kershaw
stuck out seven for the 17th time this season … Bruce was the first left
handed batter to homer off Kershaw since June 15 2012.